Hi I'm 48 years old and 7 weeks ago had a mechanical valve fitted. I didn't even realise I had a heart problem but thankfully after my GP picked it up middle of last year and numerous tests I saw my specialist in November and was advised to have the mechanical valve fitted.
The specialist did not explain the noise the valve makes, my son thinks it's funny I 'tick!' I am wondering would going thru airport security be a problem would I set of the alarm?
After undergoing the surgery a week later I ended up with a small hole left and ended up on antibiotics, the consultant decided to open my wound up with a small cut but after a further week of antibiotics it did not heal, the cut showed a stitch from my operation that had not dissolved, this was removed, so they made a bigger incision and fitted me with a vac therapy (I called it my cappuccino machine due to the noise it made!) I had that for 2 weeks with a further 2 weeks of antibiotics! The vac was removed and ended up having a local anaesthetic and stitches to repair the hole.. 1 stitch did nothing so this was removed and having the 2nd one taken out tomorrow, unfortunately going thru all this my INR was all over the place so after having the nurses visit me every day to change my dressings and inject fragmin (now covered in bruises and lumps from this!) I feel exhausted.
Can anyone recommend things to eat that will help me?
The other question I have (sorry to go on!) is the pain I experience even now in my kidneys. I was told this was due to nerve damage? Has anyone else had experience of this?
Look forward to hearing from you all.